The Jewish View

Parshat Emor
BY Jeremy Cohen
May 1, 2014

This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Emor, contains a well-known verse allocating punishment on the level of “fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” This verse has been mistakenly associated with the brutal image of torn-off limbs, ripped-out eyes and a lot of blood. Luckily, as Jewish people, we do not generally believe that CONTINUE »

Parshat Kedoshim
BY Daryn Levine
April 24, 2014

Who are we as individuals? Who are we as a people? What makes us who we are? The answer is simple: our choices and our actions. As a civil society, we need rules to function. You can’t have a community with people doing whatever they want without any guidelines. This Shabbat, we read Parshat Kedoshim, CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi Craig Axler
April 17, 2014

I recently participated in an evening of learning at a local Lutheran church where a local imam and I were asked to discuss the ways our respective faiths were most often misunderstood. This church and their pastor sought to spend time during Lent learning about other faiths in order to help strengthen their own faith. CONTINUE »

Parshat Acharei Mot
BY Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
April 10, 2014

It is fascinating that our Bible commands us to perform the laws and statutes of the Lord and then it adds “and he shall live by them.” Would any moral individual think to perform laws that could cause them to die? Our Sages use this seemingly superfluous phrase to teach a most important lesson, one CONTINUE »

Parshat Metzora
BY Shira Pomerantz
April 3, 2014

“When the heart cries, only God hears/The pain rises out of the soul/Hear Israel my God/now I am alone/Make me strong/make it that I won’t be afraid.” Parshat Metzora is about purity and impurity. It is about skin disease, rashes and eruptions on the body, clothing and dwelling. These are not the most pleasant of CONTINUE »